National Defence Roundtable Held by MPs Dreeshen and Calkins

August 23, 2016

RED DEER – Today, Members of Parliament Earl Dreeshen and Blaine Calkins hosted and facilitated a roundtable discussion in Red Deer on the future of the Canadian Armed Forces. The two MPs who represent Red Deer and Central Alberta were joined by members of the community and to discuss the many important issues facing our military and our national security.

As part of its defence policy review, the Government of Canada is encouraging public consultations and has asked Parliamentarians to assist with these discussions. As the Official Opposition, Conservative Parliamentarians are holding their own set of consultations in order to enhance the discussion around themes that will likely be minimized by the Trudeau Government during this process.
“Constituents in my riding are very concerned that Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal Government want Canada to shift away from “combat capability” towards “peace operations with a leaner military”, said MP Dreeshen.  “The men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces do us proud, day in and day out, and they deserve all the gratitude and support we can give them.”

With the security landscape always changing and an array of threats facing Canada, we need a robust defence policy to ensure that our men and women in uniform are well-equipped and that our borders are secure.  Roundtables, like the one held today, allow individuals to participate in shaping Canada’s future defence policy and will help ensure that the Liberal’s defence policy review is truly reflective of Canadian values, rather than a set of pre-determined ideological platitudes.
“The Canadian Armed Forces are our first line of defence,” said MP Calkins “They are an essential element that allows us to enjoy the freedom and security that we have come to appreciate. They put their lives on the line each and every day to protect Canada and Canadians, both at home and abroad. For this, we extend our deepest gratitude.”

If you were unable to attend today’s roundtable, but would still like to participate in the consultation process, please send your submission to either or to